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Oct 4 hearing for Rosmah’s bid to stay corruption trial

She is seeking to stay the trial pending the disposal of her appeal against a recent dismissal of her bid to nullify the trial proceedings.

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Rosmah Mansor’s application to stay her ongoing corruption trial pending the disposal of her appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of her bid to nullify the trial proceedings will be heard on Monday.

Lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader representing Rosmah and deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, when contacted, confirmed that the stay application will be heard in the Court of Appeal on Oct 4.

Akberdin said the court also fixed Oct 13 for another case management for Rosmah’s appeals against the High Court’s decision dismissing her application to nullify her corruption trial over the Sarawak schools solar hybrid project and to disqualify Gopal Sri Ram as senior deputy public prosecutor.

The case management for the stay and the appeals came up before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mohd Khairi Haron today.

On Sept 24, Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak lost her bid in the High Court to declare her corruption trial a nullity as well as to remove Sri Ram as lead prosecutor.

In dismissing both of Rosmah’s applications, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the authorisation given by then attorney-general (AG) Tommy Thomas to Sri Ram to conduct the criminal prosecution in Rosmah’s case was without doubt validly done under Section 376(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) in his capacity as public prosecutor.

He said Thomas clearly stated that he had, after appointing Sri Ram to lead the prosecution in 1MDB cases, subsequently authorised Sri Ram to conduct the prosecution for the criminal cases against Rosmah.

Rosmah filed the two applications at the High Court on May 6 this year, seeking to nullify her entire trial in a bid to be acquitted of all three charges. She also sought to remove Sri Ram as lead prosecutor.

Rosmah is charged with soliciting RM187.5 million and with receiving bribes of RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd’s former managing director Saidi Abang Samsuddin through her former special officer Rizal Mansor.

These were said to be an inducement to help the company (Jepak Holdings) secure the hybrid photovoltaic solar system integrated project and maintenance and operation of genset/diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak worth RM1.25 billion through direct negotiations from the education ministry.

She was accused of dishonestly soliciting for herself through Rizal at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur between March and April 2016.

For the second charge, Rosmah was alleged to have dishonestly received for herself RM1.5 million from Saidi for the same purpose at her residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta on Sept 7, 2017.

Rosmah is also facing the third charge of accepting gratification of RM5 million from Saidi through Rizal for helping Jepak Holdings secure the same project on Dec 20, 2016, at Seri Perdana residence in Putrajaya between January 2016 and September 2017.

On Feb 18 this year, the High Court ordered Rosmah to enter her defence on all three corruption charges. She is scheduled to take the stand when the defence begins its case on Oct 5.

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